Introducing Stephany Aulenback

I can’t think of a better writer to kick off this Friday guest blogger series.

Stephany Aulenback is smart, talented and funny, and as I’ve said before, her work always surprises.

How These Stories End,” a piece of Stephany’s that appeared on McSweeney’s in April, takes on the unhappiness of the less successful artist. It begins with this remarkable quote from The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, by Gertrude Stein:

Bruce, Patrick Henry Bruce, was one of the early and most ardent Matisse pupils and soon he made little Matisses, but he was not happy. In explaining his unhappiness he told Gertrude Stein, they talk about the sorrows of great artists, the tragic unhappiness of great artists but after all they are great artists. A little artist has all the tragic unhappiness and the sorrows of a great artist and he is not a great artist.

And that’s only the introduction. The piece itself beats the pants off that quote.

Links to the rest of of Stephany’s McSweeney’s stories appear here.

And that’s not all.

I’m tempted to reprint all 143 words of “Small,” in which everything seems to be shrinking, but just go over to Eyeshot and read it. It’ll stay with you for the rest of the day.

Other remarkable Aulenback stories appear in Pindeldyboz, the-phone-book, and elsewhere.

Stephany lives with her husband in a dollhouse-like Victorian house, in Nova Scotia.

You’re in good hands. Enjoy.


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